in letters from Brian by

Is the oldest human alive the loneliest human alive? Everyone she began life with is now dead.

Not yet her.

We are designed to evade death. This is so palpably clear that whenever anyone has a chance to talk to the then-oldest human alive, we ask not about their world, their past, their loss. Rather, how? What do and did they eat, drink? What do and did they avoid? Do they walk, sit, lift, meditate. Help us! Tell us! We want to continue to live!

We are programmed to live, afraid of death, and increasingly convinced there is nothing after.

But what if this is wrong?

What if we — our consciousness — continues? In another form, another realm.

The young and rich and pampered of Silicon Valley, always eager to jump to the head of the line of any new trend, are embracing a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate “ketosis” diet. The hope is to squeeze more out of this life — more time, in particular.

This is the wrong side of disruption.

Like trying to make a better fax machine.

We have an extremely finite length of time in this life.

But in the next? Somewhere between none at all and infinity — and that’s where at least an appreciable portion of our focus needs to be.

Ecclesiastes, chapter 9 states: “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.”

This suggests we live — as we are now — then die, and then nothing.

But we’ve learned from tech that we can create something from nothing, we can deny the old ways, construct a new reality.

That biblical passage states the dead will “have no more share in all that is done under the sun.”

But what about what’s not done under the sun?

Eternal life in another solar system? Eternal life in another — potentially parallel — universe? What? Is it offering us a path?

Maybe we digitize our self and upload our “consciousness” into a computer which we shoot into space? We temporarily shut down a person’s heart and brain, bring them back and question them?

Put our faith in having a soul which, by the grace of God, will be granted entry to a heaven?

Can we risk it?

If so, it may be wise to heed God’s demands.

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